“As the saying goes, hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard,” says Ruqayah Shanglee, a Grade 10 learner at Plumstead High School.She was recently selected to go to the Dallas Cup in Texas next year based on her performance at Ikapa Football Club level. Ruqayah says she has put in a lot of hard work to ensure her dreams come true. “I am really grateful for this opportunity. It is a once-in-a-lifetime chance and it does not come along every day. So for me this trip means everything because there are so many opportunities for girls’ soccer in Dallas.“I had to work very hard to get this opportunity and it was trial after trial in order to get selected. I am a sports-oriented person and I have always loved sport, especially soccer and athletics.”Ruqayah grew up playing soccer in the streets from the age of five and says it has become part of her life.She dreams of playing for Banyana Banyana one day and she is appealing for financial assistance to get to Dallas.Jacobus Stevens, chairperson of the school’s sports committee, says the school is extremely proud of her achievement.“As such we are appealing to the community to support her financially to make this trip a reality. The school assists where it can but in this tough economic situation there is only so much we as a school can do.”V Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 071 965 7512.